Review: Spicy BLT Whopper from Burger King

The last two products I reviewed from Burger King were pretty awful (see YUMBO and 4-Cheese Whopper). I’ve been waiting for BK to introduce something new so things can possibly even out some.  The Spicy BLT Whopper was just released and it just needs to score a 5 to be the best BK product I’ve had in the last few months.  Let’s review.

Spicy BLT Whopper 1Burger King describes their new Spicy BLT Whopper like this:

A 1/4 lb of savory flame-grilled beef, melted American cheese, spicy bacon sauce, crispy lettuce, juicy tomatoes, sliced onion, crunchy pickles and smoked bacon served on a warm toasted sesame seed bun.

There have been dozens of Whopper styles throughout the years… too many to name, but we’ve reviewed some LTO Whoppers like the Whiplash and the Wisconsin White Cheddar.  None have really stood out to me and it probably comes from the issues with the core ingredients.  Why come up with a bunch of different combinations of the Whopper when you should be focusing on improving the quality and presentation of the original?

Spicy BLT Whopper 2My major issue with Burger King is feeling as though I can pretty much review the majority of their new products without even trying them.  Some of their issues are very consistent in my experience. I’ve come to expect a lukewarm burger with partially melted processed American cheese, a terrible smattering of pale, soggy lettuce, and the nubby ends of the tomato slices.  Was I right?  Not entirely as there were actually two nice slices of fresh tomato.  When writing reviews, I try to handicap Burger King’s inability to give me warm food by doing my best to actually go into the restaurant and eat there instead of using the drive-thru.  Even when doing this I get lukewarm burgers, but not on this day.  My burger was hot and pretty presentable to be honest.   Considering that this burger is called the Spicy BLT Whopper,  I was looking for some heat and strong qualities from the bacon, lettuce, and tomato… go figure.  There was enough bacon to cover the toasty sesame seed bun space of the Whopper, yet it’s mostly paper-thin, pathetic and dried out from being overcooked.  I felt the spiciness from the bacon sauce was just right.  Burger King should have come up with a different name for the sauce because “spicy bacon sauce” doesn’t have any appeal to me and I would likely avoid it if not for the assignment.  As it turned out the spicy bacon sauce was a tasty bright spot, creamy and peppery, not too infused with fake bacon flavor.

Spicy BLT Whopper 3The raw onion rings and four pickle slices had an alright crunch factor, but I just don’t consider those ingredients very welcome when you call yourself a BLT.  The burger is a quarter pound of beef and a whole lot of everything else and for $4.99, I would have liked a beefier burger and maybe lose the onion and pickles for a better value.  I find it very difficult paying premium burger prices at a fast food place doesn’t have the same quality as Wendy’s or even McDonald’s.

Spicy BLT Whopper 4In closing, the Spicy BLT Whopper can be called a minor success since I consider borderline average to be a success at Burger King.  The bacon needs some work, but that spicy bacon sauce was better than I expected.  This was a definite step up from the last two BK products I reviewed.

Pros: Flavorful heat from the poorly named spicy bacon sauce. I didn't get the nubby tomato ends for once. A well put-together big burger at BK is like spotting a unicorn.

Cons: Dry, thin bacon. Lettuce. Onions and pickles on something called BLT wasn't necessary. Big sandwich, but only a 1/4 pound of beef so $4.99 was hard to swallow.

Taste: 6.50/10
Value: 4.50/10
Grubbing on-the-go: 5.75/10
Price: $4.99

Overall GrubGrade: 6.25/10

More Info: http://www.bk.com/menu-item/spicy-blt-whopper
Nutrition Facts:
Calories - 750
Total Fat - 46 grams
Saturated Fat - 17 grams
Carbs - 48 grams
Sodium - 1480 milligrams
Cholesterol - 100 milligrams
Sugar - 8 grams
Protein - 29 grams

14 comments on “Review: Spicy BLT Whopper from Burger King

  1. Sascha says:

    First off, a good onion has a place on any sandwich.

    As for this sandwich, at least it got a passing grade. A pretty good amount of bacon, then again you label it a BLT, so that’s probably bare minimum. $4.99 is too steep for me so I’ll pass unless I come across a BOGO coupon, but I’m definitely interested in trying it.

    • MP says:

      2nd on the onions & price too much.
      For me at least, the BOGO coupons specifically say they don’t include specialty Whoppers; just the original. Bah.

  2. Snackeroo says:

    This particular Whopper looks pretty presentable considering it’s Burger King, but they really do need to renovate the whole Whopper line and turn up the quality of ingredients. Their burger patties and buns are long overdo for this kind of overhaul.

  3. Rob says:

    I think BK has a problem with consistency. My local BK always serves my food hot, and it usually looks like the person who prepared it cared what the presentation looked like. I can go four blocks down the street and go to a different BK and have a completely different experience – cold food, terrible presentation. That being said, whoever allowed the YUMBO to return needs to be fired, now.

  4. CulinaryZerg says:

    The BK marketing department is giving each other high-fives right now. “Whoohoo, our latest creation isn’t inedible! It’s like totally average, YEAH!”

  5. Tony says:

    There is a burnt bacon epidemic in fast food. It’s the most consistently overcooked food product. Change needs to start now #savethebacon

  6. Justin says:

    Eh.. honestly I think you just have a bad burgerking. I have the same problem with both of the wendys in my area.

  7. dalton says:

    the bacon isn’t overcooked, it’s just been sitting out for too long.

  8. vinny says:

    wish they would just bring back the angry whopper

  9. KroutonKruncher says:

    Ugh…just tried one of these from my local BK. Forgot the Cheese and BACON!!! Might have been good if they included these toppings. Just got a Whopper with Spicy Sauce!

  10. Mike says:

    Not even going to try it.

    BK’s Whopper is just about the perfect hamburger. When I find a good location (and some are better than others), the blend of flavors on a Whopper is just about perfect.

    Every time I’ve tried a variation on the Whopper I have been sorely disappointed. I realize they have to try to stay ‘fresh’ and ‘current’ and create excitement and all that in order to keep up with the McJoneses, but BK will never get me to order anything except a Whopper or Whopper Jr. I guess they’re a victim of their own success in that regard.

  11. David Bennet says:

    Usually a stickler for sticking to the O.G. Whopper, but the name intrigued me & I took a chance. Had the meal….I actually enjoyed the sandwich….thought it was pretty tasty with a perfect spicy/crunch balance. As a side note….I must travel to another CITY in my area to visit a BK that doesn’t play “Slop The Sandwich Together”…but it’s always worth it. As far as price….I’m accustomed to paying upwards of $8-$10 for a decent, filling fast food meal. This one was $8.43. Unless you put together a Value Menu meal, it’s just the way it is these days.

  12. LanceBass says:

    I don’t get this at all. Why wouldn’t they just bring back the Angry Whopper? Literally the only reason I would ever go to BK is to get the Angry Whopper. That thing was so good. It’s probably for the best they don’t bring it back bc id go there too often.

  13. T. White says:

    Tried the Spicy BLT Whopper and thought it was awesome. We eat fast food maybe once a month. Love the regular Whopper too. Keep your expectations realistic people. It’s fast food.

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